Kentucky Right to Know/ Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Hazard communication standards, otherwise known as “worker right-to-know” laws, regulate how information about toxic chemicals and hazardous substances in the workplace is communicated to employees. As with most workplace health and safety standards, right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which covers private sector employees. The law allows individual states to devise and administer their own work safety laws and regulations, but only if the state program has federal approval. To qualify for approval, a state plan must be at least as stringent as the federal law. There is a detailed discussion of these federal right-to-know regulations.
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Kentucky is one of a number of federally approved “state plan” states, with its own state Occupational Safety and Health Act (Kentucky OSH Act) (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 338.011 et seq.; KY Admin. Code Tit. 803 Sec. 2:010 et seq.), which applies to both private and public sector workplaces. The Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet's Department of Labor (KyDOL)/Occupational Safety and Health Program/Division of Compliance enforces the state standards. The state has adopted the federal hazard communication standard by reference.

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